Highfields students were lucky enough to experience an inspiring and engaging trip to London last week. On Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th November 50 Year 8 and 9 students were in London taking part in many fun drama, dance and theatre related activities. All of the students were invited on the trip as a reward for the hard work they put into last year’s Mini Musical (Annie), The Evening of Theatre and the school production of Footloose. Whilst away students took part in a The Lion King workshop led by a West End professional who was performing in the very same musical later that day. This allowed students to explore their characterisation and movement skills. Charlotte said: ‘The whole trip was amazing but my stand out moment was the workshop. It was in Pineapple Dance studios which is AMAZING!’
The students also watched The Lion King matinee at the Lyceum Theatre after a brilliant 2 course meal at Pizza Express. Students described this show as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘sensational’! Their jaws were nearly at the floor for the whole 2 and a half hours! Maria said: I really enjoyed The Lion King. The set and costume were incredible! Whilst in the Covent Garden area, students performed an impromptu performance of their version of ‘Footloose’ and ‘This is Me’ from the smash hit musical, The Greatest Showman. Over 100 people stopped to watch and enjoy the performance!
Students were also lucky enough to see an evening performance of Aladdin. Rainforest Café was the other restaurant that was enjoyed whilst on our trip – the BBQ Burger was a particular favourite! The Backstage Tour of The National Theatre was another highlight of the trip where they explored behind the stage of the theatre seeing the making of Props, Set and Costume. Students explored all areas of the working theatre and found the artists studio, the joinery and carpentry area as well as the 3 full working theatres. Students also had a spin on the London Eye – another place where they started an impromptu performance!
Emma said: I loved the whole trip – it was just as amazing as last year!
Hannah said: It was an incredible trip and the best experience. I was surprised at how much we crammed into such a short space of time.
Miss Bonsall who led the trip, said: “The students were superbly behaved and very energetic for the whole trip! They enjoyed a sleepover with their friends at the Royal National Hotel (Russell Square) and an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast, too! They were a delight to take away and I was very proud of their theatre etiquette whilst watching the shows, as well as their dedicated hard work in the workshop – The videos are available to watch @HighfieldsDrama Twitter page. I get a buzz eveytime they demonstrate their true love for performing and singing. They really are a pleasure!”